READ: Michelle Obama Pens a Heartwarming Tribute to Sesame Street
Each First Lady in recent memory has picked a cause which they mean to champion through the power of the White House. Melania Trump has chosen to take on bullying with her BE BEST campaign. While Barack Obama was in office, his wife, Michelle, created Let’s Move, an attempt to get children around the country exercising.
Michelle’s work with children was recognized last night at the Sesame Street Workshop’s 50th Anniversary Benefit Gala. After receiving an award for her continued work with children, Obama shared a tribute to the legendary children’s program.
The former First Lady took to Instagram, writing of the show, “It’s a program that’s been a part of my life as a child, as a mother, as First Lady-and thankfully, still today. I’ll never forget the first time my daughters came to Sesame Street with me back in 2010. But it was just us-my staff was mesmerized. Even the Secret Service agents had big goofy grins on.”
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I could not be more honored to help celebrate 50 years of @SesameStreet tonight. It’s a program that’s been a part of my life as a child, as a mother, as First Lady—and thankfully, still today. I’ll never forget the first time my daughters came to Sesame Street with me back in 2010. As Malia, Sasha, and I walked onto that street with the brownstone, the grocery store, and the famous trash can, we were totally overwhelmed, in awe, our faces filled with wonder, and our spirits soaring. But it wasn’t just us—my staff was mesmerized. Even the Secret Service agents had big goofy grins on. There is something unexplainable that happens there, some unique alchemy that bubbles up that you just can’t find anywhere else. There’s nothing in the world that so beautifully marriesboundless aspiration with simple goodness, nothing that strips away the daily madness and distraction, nothing that is so pure and hopeful—and absolutely essential to our future. Congrats on 50 great years—here’s to 50 more. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating by sharing a favorite memory or lesson learned using #Sesame50.
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Mrs. Obama continued, “There’s nothing in the world that so beautifully marries boundless aspiration with simple goodness, nothing that strips away the daily madness and distractions, nothing that is so pure and hopeful-and absolutely essential to our future.”
Michelle has been busy since the end of her husband’s second term. Her memoir, Becoming, was a massive hit, selling 1.4 million copies in just its first week of release. She has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for president one day. One opinion poll showed that she’d be among the most popular candidates in the large field of democrats.